Monday, October 30, 2006

Two From Today's NY Times

"Hot House Races"(they only mention six):
Washington’s Eighth C.D.
In a district of socially liberal Republicans, a gradual party shift combined with a burst of anger at the Republican Party has created a tossup race ("Liberal Republican Suburb Turns Furious With G.O.P.") between Representative Dave Reichert and Darcy Burner, his Democratic challenger.

"With the House in the Balance, Pelosi Serves as a Focal Point for Both Parties":

The young women on the porch were whispering, their tittering just audible over Bill Clinton’s remarks to the 300 or so Democratic donors gathered here for lunch.

Representative Nancy Pelosi, mindful that some guests had paid $10,000 for a plate of chicken and bread pudding, shot a frown — the sort a grandmother gives when someone arrives at Christmas dinner in a wrinkled shirt — and in a split second, the whispers ceased. Ms. Pelosi’s face resumed its trademark molar-baring smile.

There it was in one brief moment, the three essential elements of Ms. Pelosi’s campaign to bring Congress under control of her Democratic Party, preferably with her favored alliteration: message, money, manners.

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